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Tips & Tricks for Dog Photography

Dog photography requires patience, especially for beginners, because the subjects are often moving around quite a bit! The tips in this article will not only help you to find a balance in photographing moving subjects, but also advance you to the next level of dog photography. You’ll learn the basics of this style of photo taking, including tips and tricks from a dog photographer to help you create art that’ll last a lifetime.

So, if you’d like to start taking quality photos of your best four-legged friend which you can hang proudly on your walls for years to come, keep reading for 6 simple tips for taking your best dog photos yet!

Pho-dog-raphy Tips

1. Burn Excess Energy Before the Photoshoot

Before ever asking your dog to sit for a photo session, spend time together exercising. Get the ball out for a game of fetch, or go for a walk to wear off some excess energy before the shoot. Your dog is likely to get excited about going on an outing, and the best way to mitigate the trouble of a bouncy dog is to exercise them before ever picking up the camera.

When you’re ready to start snapping, you’ll be glad that you took that time to burn pent up energy beforehand, and your dog will have a much easier time sitting for photos!


Canon EOS 5D + 50mm @ 50mm, ISO 250, 1/320, f/4.0

2. Don’t Just Wing It

Although when photographing animals you can never fully prepare for what’s to come, it does help to think ahead. Whether you’re going for a c